Sometimes simple recipes, though delicious, get overshadowed by fancy recipes or decadent recipes. Know what I mean? This is a bad habit that I have… talking up the really yummy and impressive stuff… that then pushes the simple recipes to the back burner, where they sit and sit and sit. And then I don’t blog about them, for months and months. Like these Applesauce Muffins that I made…. last summer.
Sure, we ate them up in a matter of days. I don’t even think they saw the freezer. For all the muffins I make, that’s saying something. Usually at least one or two gets frozen for lunches or snacks. But no, these muffins, in all their plain glory, were enjoyed in record time. I just didn’t bother to blog about them for months. Sad day. But they are here now!
No idea why that was, as they are utterly delicious. Each bite is nutty and soft, sweet with hints of applesauce and rich brown sugar. Chewy from the oats and healthy from the whole wheat flour. Satisfying as breakfast with a bit of butter and jam, and savory enough to serve with soup at dinner. Pretty versatile and excellent anytime. One of my favorite parts? They’re made with pantry ingredients, so I can make them anytime. Another favorite part? The topping! Who doesn’t love a muffin with a little streusel topping. Yum! Don’t neglect them as I have! They are great! Enjoy! 🙂
from fearless homemaker
- 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened [natural] applesauce
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a small bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry, then spoon into muffin cups.
Prepare the topping by stirring together oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Drizzle in melted butter then divide evenly on top of batter.
Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
23 thoughts on “Applesauce Muffins”
I agree, sometimes the simple recipes are the best! Love the oat topping on these muffins!
thank you, jessica! the oat topping is my favorite part 🙂
YAY, I’m so glad you made these + loved them! Even if it took you a few months to blog ’em. 😉 Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, too!
thanks amy! your recipes always turn out well 🙂
These sound so tasty! I love using unsweetened apple sauce in place of oil for baking. Do you think I could leave the oil out completely and just add in a bit more applesauce?
hannah, you could definitely try it out. i tend to find that when i use TOO much applesauce or other oil/butter subs my muffins turn out mushy and don’t cook well. but let me know if you give it a try…every recipe is different. 🙂
These would be the perfect breakfast for me to take to work! 🙂
yes, for sure!! 🙂
I’m going to make these this week! I think Kay will like them too
hope you enjoyed them if you tried them! they are kid-friendly. 🙂
These sound so simply delicious! Your so right – I’m also concerned about the fancy, different recipes that the simplest ones get forgotten. This one won’t be though! Definitely making it soon.
thank you, rachel! hope you like ’em 🙂
I always have random applesauce in my fridge that I don’t know what to do with! Muffins… duh!!! Great idea, girl!
i’m familiar with the random applesauce too… 🙂
I similarly have an apple crumble recipe from last year 🙂
These sound delicious!
haha. glad to know i’m not alone. 🙂 thanks!!
So guilty of forgetting to blog recipes! I think I still have some from 2009. lol! These sound good and the fact that you remember how good they were is proof that they are wonderful!
2009? whoa! 🙂
I totally know what you mean. People today love to over-complicate things when cooking/baking, which is fine sometimes, but we also need to appreciate the classics. These muffins sound so simple but so tasty. I’d especially enjoy one warm with some butter!
yea, they were excellent warm with butter. 🙂 i also ate a few with jam too..yumm!
Ooh, I like your new blog design! Polka dots rock. And so do these muffins! =)
thank you, jenna!!